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Strange turquoise, anyone recognize the mine?

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Native American Jewelry268 of 323American Indian Bolo Tie1940's Navajo Ring - Untreated Turquoise
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Posted 5 years ago


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I found this fantastic bolo tie at an estate sale the other day, just wondering if anyone recognized the stone? I don't put much stock in turquoise names, so I never research them.

(The truth is, its impossible to know with certainty which mine a piece of turquoise came from, because mines don't produce 100% homogenous stones. Even the experts don't know.)

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  1. vintagejewel vintagejewel, 5 years ago
    The stone in your bolo reminds me of the turquoise that comes out of the number eight mine which is in Nevada but your right its hard to know for sure.
  2. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    Hey thanks! I just looked through a few hundred Google Images of No. 8, and its almost certainly what I have, I didn't see any other variety with these rounded bits of turquoise. I know a lot about Native American jewelry, but I just never bothered to learn the names of the turquoises because they never seemed to be consistent, you know? Its like people will just call their turquoise whatever it LOOKS like, and it gets passed on, and on, and so on.
  3. Kollector, 5 years ago
    I had a piece similiar in appearance to yours but could not find info except yjat it is a matrix of silver and tutquoise. It was examined by a jeweler who said it was a matrix. The only way left was have it analyzed with a spectrometer to determine exactly what the elements are and compare it against known samples. very expensive.
  4. vintagejewel vintagejewel, 5 years ago
    Stillwater no prob- glad I cud give my tidbit. I think number 8 the mine is also depleted and quite rare so great find it really has a great color to it1
  5. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    Yeah, I remember reading that No. 8 was No. 2 in value under Lander Blue. I was pretty lucky to get this for 4 dollars!
  6. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
    I have a resource book "Turquoise the gem of the centuries" by Oscar T. Branson, 1975. On p.33 shows examples of No. 8 w/courtesy info from: Owen's Indian Trading Company, Sante Fe, NM; Frank Patania's Thunderbird Shop, Tucson, AZ; and the Treasure Chest, Santa Fe, NM. These stores may not be in business anymore but might give you some further resources to google.
  7. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    Yeah, I'm fairly sure it is Number 8 turquoise, it looks very similar to the examples I've found on Google Images. Thanks!

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